Archive for ‘Wrapping Yourself in Color’

April 11, 2011

Seeing Spots

I have a new found love…. well, for the day anyhow…. i have this fantastic leopardy-giraffe-y fabric in a silk.  I also had a partial pattern of an anthropologie knock off.


1.) laying out the fabric

2.) sewing the flowy skirt part

3.) i had to number the top right corner to keep everything in order so the subtle flair of the skirt would fall properly


4.) the flowy skirt part finished

5.) piecing together the top part of the skirt

6.) more of the intricate “woven” top of skirt



7.) front top part of skirt ( rough). repeat for back.

8.) piecing together the top of skirt to bottom flowy part of skirt

9.) the skirt so far, layed out



10.) installing the zipper

11.) making the waistband

12.) finishing the homemade bias waistband



There are a few pictures missing because, i had to trial and error a bit.  The skirt at the nearly final fitting was definitely about a size to small. BUMMER.  But, I figured out how to add some pleated leftover silk to add a panel and attach it to the zipper.  I definitely now have a one-of-a-kind skirt.


like the bow? 🙂

March 11, 2011

curtains repurposed into a bag!

Getting crafty…I was itching to try and see if my thrift store curtains could be turned into a bag.  I like boho-style, but I found that a reusable shopping bag would be awesome.  I mean, recycling curtains into something that is reusable, is pretty cool. 😉  So here is my pictoral lesson, (’cause it’s spring break, and I feel like be lazy-mac-lazy!)


February 18, 2011

Seeing Purple Silk

February 18, 2011

Seeing Purple


No work, no class.  MMmmm, I’m viewing today as a blank canvas.  I recently started posting wonderful things to my etsy account, as well as snooping at my fellow ‘etsians’ for ideas of projects to start.  I love being active and having things to do, but being in graduate school and currently only working part-time limits my funding for these projects.  But, today is my blank canvas.  It was primed (with research and ideas) and ready for the application of wonderfulness. Yay!  Where to start?  I found nothing that screamed at me on the usual craigslist or freecycle, so off on an adventure to various thrift shops it was.  I was still uninspired after going to the local goodwill.  (That’s actually an epidemic here as, I live in predominantly a college town, so finding cool kitschy stuff or unique tchotchkes or old things in need of love is kinda a challenge.) I found a new resale shop.  I am so excited because, now, I have a VeRy, VERY affordable way to continue crafting.  Browsing the racks of stuff, I stumble upon the sheets and curtains.  I begin to forage through these vintage-looking fabrics and my brain is trying to process what I can do with each piece.  Then, I fall in LOVE.  Someone has discarded some beautiful curtains.  And I mean, beautiful.  AND plentiful. There are about 15 panels of this gorgeous royal purple with fushia-y toned duponi silk curtains.Best part?  $2.00 a panel!!! Holy Cow! I have just hit the motherload.  My only sadness is that my budget would only allow the purchase of five panels.  I’m torn between cleaning them up and using them in their current condition as window treatments, or actually following my heart to make something “uh-mazing”.  I am super, über-excited! (and, I’m watching HGTV…lol).  I cannot possibly wait until the delicate cycle of washing is complete so that I can play! (Hey, I had to get rid of the “thrift-store funk”, if ya know what I mean. lol)